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Valencia fire

A fire broke out during a prison riot in the cells at the Carabobo state police headquarters in Valencia, Venezuela. The fire killed at least 68 people and injured scores of others. The fire is one of the deadliest incidents ever in a Venezuelan prison since the 1994 Sabaneta prison fire, in which more than 100 inmates died.

U.S. Congress wipes away online privacy protections

With the Republicans in control of all three branches of the U.S. government, lobbyists for Internet service providers and tech firms persuaded lawmakers to dismantle regulations to protect privacy which had been made during the Obama administration. In March 2017, the abolition of these privacy protections passed on a narrow party-line vote.

World's largest dinosaur footprints

Paleontologists discovered a collection of dinosaur footprints in the sandstone rock along the Kimberley shoreline in a remote region of Western Australia. The footprints belonged to some big herbivorous dinosaur. They were about 1.7 meters long. Prior to the discovery, the biggest known dinosaur footprint was a 106cm track discovered in the Mongolian desert.

Final episode of "Bones" airs

Fox renewed Bones for a 12-episode final season. The season was initially announced to debut in the fall, but Fox delayed the premiere. Former series regular Eric Millegan, who returned in the season 11 finale, continues his role as Zack Addy in the final season.

The 200th episode of American Dad! airs on TBS

For "The Two Hundred," "American Dad" ventures from its usual contemporary stories for an episode set in a post-apocalyptic future when a heavily tattooed Stan is trying to find his family while survivors fear a dreaded gang known as "the 200." Weitzman says an aspect of the episode — Stan’s tattoos — was inspired by Ray Bradbury’s "The Illustrated Man".

The Colbert Report comes under fire after posting a message on its Twitter

Colbert mocked the attempt by the owner of the Washington Redskins US football franchise to defuse allegations that the team's name is a racist slur on Native Americans. On his show, Colbert announced that he was going to "show the Asian-American community I care by starting the 'Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever'.

"Now. Here. This." opens Off-Broadway

Now. Here. This. is a musical with music and lyrics by Jeff Bowen and a book by Hunter Bell and Susan Blackwell. The musical was performed at the Vineyard Theatre. The production was directed by Michael Berresse and starred Hunter Bell, Heidi Blickenstaff, Susan Blackwell and Jeff Bowen. Larry Pressgrove served as the music director and orchestrator.

Yemen munitions factory explosion

A munitions factory explosion took place in the village of Khanfar, Abyan, bordering the town of Jaʿār in Abyan Governorate, southern Yemen. The explosion occurred during a period of high insurgency from rebel forces and Islamist movements in Southern Yemen. During the same day, President of Yemen Ali Abdullah Saleh announced an end to government concessions given amidst ongoing protests in the country.

2010

Kristine Lilly becomes the first to played for her country in four decades

Lilly played in 5 FIFA Women's World Cups and 3 Olympic Games, helping the USA win 4 of those tournaments, finishing second once and third 3 times. Lilly scored in every world championship tournament she played, except her first, the 1991 FIFA Women's World Cup when she was 20 years old. She is the only player to appear for the United States in 4 different decades.

George W. Bush kills Kyoto Protocol on climate

The Bush administration announced that it would not implement the Kyoto Protocol, an international treaty signed in 1997 in Kyoto, Japan, that would require nations to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Bush argued that ratifying the treaty would restrict U.S. growth.

"Futurama" first airs on Fox

Futurama is an American animated science fiction comedy series created by Matt Groening. The series follows the adventures of a Philip J. Fry, who finds employment at Planet Express, an interplanetary delivery company in the retro-futuristic 31st century.

Julia Roberts and Lyle Lovette split-up

Actress Julia Roberts and singer Lyle Lovett announced they have agreed to legally separate after less than two years of marriage. They broke the news in a joint statement released by Roberts' publicist. 'We remain close and in great support of one another,' the brief statement said.

Shell House massacre

The Shell House massacre was a shooting incident that took place at the headquarters of the African National Congress, in central Johannesburg, South Africa in the lead up to the 1994 elections. The incident reflected the rising tensions between the ANC and IFP, which had begun in the 1980s in KwaZulu-Natal and had then spread to other provinces in the 1990s.

Des'ree releases "You Gotta Be"

You Gotta Be is a pop song by British singer Des'ree, written by the singer with the track's producer, Ashley Ingram. It was the third song on Des'ree's second album I Ain't Movin' and the first song on that album's US version. It was released as a single around the world and became a top-40 hit in several countries and a top-10 hit in the US.

YouTube star Zoe Sugg is born

Zoe Elizabeth Sugg is an English fashion and beauty vlogger, YouTuber, and author. She is best known by her YouTube username Zoella. She grew up in Lacock, Wiltshire, where she attended The Corsham School and Arts College, and currently lives in Brighton, East Sussex.

1986

Tennis player Barbora Strýcová is born

Barbora Strýcová is a Czech tennis player. In January 2017, she achieved her highest WTA singles ranking, world No. 16. and in March 2017, her highest WTA doubles ranking, world No. 10. At the summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, she won her 1st ever Olympic medal, a bronze in the Women's doubles playoff.

Neil Simon's "Biloxi Blues" premieres on Broadway

Biloxi Blues Broadway premiere took place at the Neil Simon Theatre, where it ran for 524 performances. It was well received, being praised for being extremely funny by Frank Rich. It tells the story of 18 years old Eugene during the WWII, after being drafted into the US army and sent to Biloxi, Mississippi for basic training.

1985

Tennis player Stanislas Wawrinka is born

Stanislas Wawrinka is a Swiss professional tennis player. During his career, he won 3 Grand Slam titles, including Australian Open, French Open and US Open. Wawrinka himself considers clay his best and favorite surface and his serve and backhand his best shots.

Three Mile Island accident

The Three Mile Island accident began with failures in the non-nuclear secondary system, followed by a stuck-open pilot-operated relief valve in the primary system, which allowed large amounts of nuclear reactor coolant to escape. As a result, new regulations for the nuclear industry were adopted.

1972

Wilt Chamberlain plays his last NBA game

In his last season, Wilt Chamberlain averaged 13.2 points and 18.6 rebounds. He also shot an NBA record .727% for the season, improving his own mark of .683. Playing for the Los Angeles Lakers, Chamberlain's last NBA game was a game against the New York Knicks.

The 25th Tony Awards

The annual ceremony of 25th Tony Awards took place at the Palace Theatre in NYC. It was broadcasted by ABC TV and hosted by 4 hosts. The theme of the ceremony was to show highlights from 25 years of musicals that had won Tony Awards and the stars behind them. Songs from all of them were sung during the event.

American horror-thriller movie "The Birds" is first released

The Birds directed by Alfred Hitchcock is loosely based on the story of the same name by Daphne du Maurier. The story is about a series of sudden and unexplained violent bird attacks on the people of Bodega Bay, California. The film stars Rod Taylor and Tippi Hedren.

1953

Athlete Jim Thorpe dies at 64

Jim Thorpe was an American athlete and Olympic gold medalist. He was the 1st Native American to win a gold medal for his home country. Thorpe suffered from alcoholism and lived his last years in failing health and poverty. He died after he experienced his 3rd heart failure.

1944

Basketball player Rick Barry is born

Rick Barry played in both the ABA and NBA. He is the only player to lead the National Collegiate Athletic Association, ABA, and NBA in scoring for an individual season. After he ended his hockey career, he worked as a coach and broadcaster. In 1987, he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Author Virginia Woolf dies at 59

The events of WWI led Woolf to fell into a depression. The ongoing events and the destruction of London during the Blitz darkened her mood. She apparently became obsessed with death, which led to her committing suicide. She drowned herself in the River Ouse, near her home. She was cremated and buried in their home's garden.

Spanish Civil War ends

The Nationalist defeated the Republicans, and General Francisco Franco, who already ruled over Nationalist Spain, ruled over all of Spain for the next 36 years. Subsequently, thousands of Republicans were arrested and executed. Many of Republicans also fled abroad.

Robert Goddard uses gyroscopes to control a rocket

The main part of a gyroscope is a spinning wheel. Its rotation is unaffected by tilting or rotation of the machine in which the gyroscope is mounted. This allows using a gyroscope for a spatial orientation. Goddard used it for the first time in his rocket designated the A-5. It flew vertically to an altitude of 1.46 km.

American physicist Jerome Friedman is born

He is known as the co-discoverer of the internal structure of the proton, which is now known as the quarks. Quarks combine to form composite particles called hadrons. The most known hadrons are protons and neutrons. Quarks were discovered between 1968 and 1969 when Friedman worked at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center with Henry W. Kendall and Richard E. Taylor.

Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford marry

Fairbanks leased the Beverly Hills mansion Grayhall and was rumored to have used it during his courtship of Pickford. The couple married the same year. With his marriage to Mary Pickford in 1920, the couple became Hollywood royalty and Fairbanks was referred to as "The King of Hollywood", a nickname later passed on to actor Clark Gable.

Beer brewing magnate August Anheuser Busch is born

August Anheuser "Gussie" Busch Jr. was an American brewing magnate who built the Anheuser-Busch Companies into the largest brewery in the world by 1957 as company chairman from 1946 to 1975. He became a prominent sportsman as an owner of the St. Louis Cardinals franchise in Major League Baseball from 1953 until his death.

Author Maxim Gorky is born

Russian writer and founder of the socialist realism, Maxim Peshkov was born in town of Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. He ran away from home and traveled across the Russian Empire. He began writing under the pseudonym „Gorky“. He became known for telling the bitter truth about the social, political and cultural state of the country.

English civil engineer Joseph Bazalgette is born

He is known as the creator of a sewer network for central London. He did it in response to the Great Stink event of 1858 in which the hot weather exacerbated the smell of untreated human waste and industrial effluent that was present on the banks of the River Thames. Bazalgette’s sewer network freed London from cholera.

Russian tsar Ivan the Terrible dies at 53

Ivan the Terrible transformed Russia from a medieval state into an empire. He died from a stroke while playing chess with Bogdan Belsky. The Russian throne was then left to his politically ineffectual middle son Feodor Ivanovich.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

born 1986

Lady Gaga

died 2012

Earl Scruggs

died 1953

Jim Thorpe

born 1966

Jason Garrett